Flint, Michigan: City Water Toxic

Funny enough building codes likely require residents to have city water to make them "habitable." Flint Michigan water is contaminated with trihalomethanes: "[L]inked to increased rates of cancer, kidney and liver failure and adverse birth outcomes. It later emerged that the city knew since the previous May that the THM levels were high — in some places, twice the maximum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency." Insane enough for you? Not even close, the water costs eight times the national average!

The water has also been found contaminated by bacteria like E. Coli. The water is known to look cloudy or tea like. Residents report rashes, hair loss and diarrhea. One woman cries when she removes her hair from the drain of her shower, certainly not tears of joy. One woman went to the hospital with chronic diarrhea and the doctor asked "have you been drinking the Flint water?"

Turns out the THM toxicity problem is from ramping up the amount of chlorine added to water from the Flint River to combat the bacterial contamination. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. There was a boil your water advisory and people were still getting sick. Even a General Motors plant has stopped using it for fear the water would corrode car engines! For nearly a year the water has stopped using Detroit's system which draws from Lake Huron.

Turns out, like other financially devastated areas in the Rust Belt, Flint is under the control of an "emergency manager" who has authority over the city. Despite a 7-1 vote by the city council to stop using the Flint River for water the emergency manager Jerry Ambrose called the decision "incomprehensible" and vows they will continue to use the water still! “This is a prime example of what dictatorship looks like,” said Nayyirah Shariff, a member of the Flint Democracy Defense League Good luck to the poor folks of Flint. Sounds like Jerry Ambrose is managing the emergency by maintaining it.